AIM Family Services

AIM Family Services provides non denominational Counselling for Couples (married, cohabiting, same sex), Individuals and Families, Family Mediation and Family Law information, and offers one stop supports for people with relationship difficulties. Our free legal information drop-in centre operates Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm. and no appointment is necessary. Tel: (01) 670 8363.

Aislinn Centre

Aislinn Education and Support Centre, Jervis House, Jervis street, Dublin 1. Tel (01) 872 5771.

Alliance Support Group

The Alliance Victim Support Group offers access to counselling, educational, family tracing and other social services for individuals who have been abused as children in Ireland’s State-run residential institutions.


Aware is a national voluntary organisation providing support through depression. The organisation undertakes to create a society where people with depression are understood and supported, are free from stigma, and have access to a broad range of appropriate therapies to enable them to reach their full potential.

Birth Mothers Group

We are a group for mothers who have placed a child for adoption. We have been meeting as a group for some time to talk about our experiences of adoption. Tel: 071 91 43058


Caranua is the new service name of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund established in March 2013, to improve the quality of life and well-being of survivors of institutional abuse. It can do this by ensuring that survivors are receiving statutory entitlements, adding to statutory entitlements and providing grants to individual survivors to avail of services.
1800 212 477 from the Republic of Ireland
0808 234 1303 from the UK

Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse

This website provides an additional source of information in relation to the Commission and its work including useful pieces of information about the Commission with user friendly guides for all categories of people who may use the Commission.

Council of Irish Adoption Agencies

The Council of Irish Adoption Agencies (CIAA) is a forum of adoption agencies. Membership of CIAA is open to all accredited bodies and HSE adoption services.

Crime Victims Helpline

The Crime Victims Helpline is a National Helpline which offers support to victims of crime in Ireland. Established in 2005 their aim is to support, inform and empower victims of crime and all those affected by crime.

Department of Health and Children

The home site of the Department of Health and Children.

Empowering People in Care (EPIC)

EPIC (formerly IAYPIC) is an independent association that works throughout the Republic of Ireland, with and for children and young people who are currently living in care or who have had an experience of living in care. This includes those in residential care, foster care, hostel, high support & special care.


Faoiseamh was set up to listen to and, if required, arrange face-to-face counselling for victims of abuse by members of religious orders and dioceses.

Guidelines for reporting suspected childhood abuse

The Children First guidelines about reporting suspected childhood abuse.

Health Service Executive (HSE)

The home site of the HSE.


Headway provides services and support for people affected by brain
injury acquired through accident or stroke. Their Lo-call Information
and Support Telephone Helpline operates from Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm, and 2 – 5pm. to answer questions on all aspects of brain injury or
provide you with a listening ear if you need one. Phone 1890 200 278

Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI) – Northern Ireland

The Inquiry is independent from government and and includes main components which are 1) Acknowledgement Forum, to listen to the experiences of children in residential institutions (other than schools) in Northern Ireland between 1922 and 1995. The other is the Statutory Inquiry to investigate whether children suffered abuse in the same institutions between 1922 and 1995.
Tel: 0800 068 4935 (free from landlines within the UK).

HSE National Counselling Service

If you are looking for face to face counselling for issues surrounding childhood sexual abuse, please get in contact with the HSE National Counselling Service, which has counselling centres all over Ireland.

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy

icap is a registered charity providing high quality counselling and psychotherapy to help people heal their lives and deal with emotional trauma, depression and risk of suicide.

Originally founded to meet the needs of Irish immigrants resident in Britain, it continues today to support the Irish community as well as people from other communities. People come from all walks of life, as emotional distress can affect anyone at different times of their lives.
Tel: 0044 (0) 207 272 7906

Irish Association of Suicidology

The IAS is dedicated to disseminating information about suicide and suicide prevention so that public opinion can respond to the issue in an informed manner and assure that it is not ignored by the statutory authorities dealing with health, education and the environment.

Irish Survivors in Britain

This website is for Survivors of institutional abuse in Ireland, who are now living in Britain. It is part of a wider project supporting a network of survivor groups and services, supporting people wishing to form survivor’s support groups, publicising events, providing information useful for isolated survivors or their families not already linked in, and raising awareness more generally. The site is administered by the Federation of Irish Societies.

Magdelene Survivors Together

Magdalene Survivors Together is the only survivor led organisation, which focuses on the human rights aspect of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland. The group has over twenty Magdalene women working within the voluntary organisation and these women are located throughout Ireland and the UK. The women meet once a month to discuss the magdalene issue, express ideas, concerns and ways of keeping the issue of the Magdalene laundries alive and within the public

Marriage and Relationship Counselling Services

Mental Health Reform

Mental Health Reform (formally the Irish Mental Health Coalition) campaigns for improved and prioritised mental health services in Ireland. Their campaign aims to increase the pressure on those with the power to improve mental health services.

Mental Health Ireland

Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation which aims to promote positive mental health and to actively support persons with a mental illness, their families and carers by identifying their needs and advocating their rights.

Mind Yourself

Mind Yourself works to address health inequalities in the Irish community in London. The organisation provides information, advice and support to people of Irish birth and descent, on physical and mental health issues. Mind Yourself also provides a range of group activities aimed at improving people’s well-being.


Online Access to Services, Information and Support – is an Irish eGovernment website. The site provides information on the social and civil rights of everyone in Ireland.

One in Four

One in Four is a national charity which provides psychotherapy and advocacy services for people who have experienced sexual violence.

Rape Crisis Centres

For a directory of Rape Crisis Centres around the country. Rape Crisis Centres across the country offers a wide range of services to women and men who are affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse.

Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI)

is the national representative body for Rape Crisis Centres in Ireland who provide free advice, counselling and support for survivors of sexual abuse in Ireland.

Residential Institutions Redress Board

This website provides a general outline of the way in which the Board deals with applications for redress.

Right of Place

Right of Place is an Organisation set up to help and support survivors of Institutional Abuse in Ireland.


Samaritans provides 24-hour emotional support to anyone experiencing distress, despair or suicidal thought.

Shine – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health (Formerly Schizophrenia Ireland)

Shine is the national organisation dedicated to upholding the rights and addressing the needs of all those affected by enduring mental illness including, but not exclusively, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder and bi-polar disorder .

The Senior Helpline

Senior Help Line is a national, confidential, listening service for older people, provided by trained older volunteers. Call the LoCall number 1850440444 which is available 10am to 10pm, every day of the year.

Soca UK

Contact Mick Waters Coventry, UK at tel: (0044) 2476 551952

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is a voluntary organisation which provides support and information to women and their children who are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused in their own homes.